Proud Theology

Awakening Shalom Podcasts

Shalom is the Hebrew word for the peace, harmony, wholeness, well- being, community, equity, justice, goodness, and beauty that exist when we are living in right relationship with God, ourselves, other human beings, and all created things. The Awakening Shalom podcast is an opportunity for digital faith formation at Myers Park Baptist Church that accompanies the Awakening Series, a year long journey of exploration and discernment that invites all people to learn about current social justice issues and how they impact our faith. 


Does my sexuality separate me from God? Is there relevant God-talk that centers LGBTQ+ people? 

On August 18, we will march as a people on a journey through the streets of Charlotte as we celebrate our PRIDE. In conjunction with that celebration, join us as we embark on a conversational journey that will center on Queer Theory and Queer Theology, rooted in groundbreaking publications that center the voices of queer-identifying theologians. This integrative dialogue will also highlight the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Emmy Award-winning show, POSE, and other cultural and theological references. The 4-part series begins August 8 and will be led by Rev. Boswell, Senior Minister, and Mia McClain, Associate Minister. 

Listen here and on iTunes.

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Relevant publications for your library: 

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology
, written by Patrick S. Cheng, PhD, a pastor and theologian who offers us an excellent introduction to LGBTQ theology. 

Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology
, written by Pamela R. Lightsey, PhD, a contextual theologian who explores the impact of oppression against Black LBTQ women. 

Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics
, written by Linn Marie Tonstad, Phd, a constructive theologian working at the intersection of systematic theology with feminist and queer theory. 
Make sure to subscribe to the Awakening Shalom podcasts on iTunes so you can listen on the go!
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We’d love to hear from you!

Submit any comments or questions to Mia McClain. Maybe your questions will be the topic of the next week’s conversation! 

Rev. W. Benjamin Boswell 
Senior Minister

Mia M. McClain 
Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach


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